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Easter Festival 8-10 April Novice Hurdle

  • Prize money: £6004.42
  • 2m 3f 110y
  • 6 runners
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Easter Festival 8-10 April Novice Hurdle

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

OUR TIP

Form: 6122 D

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict
Promising type; won a maiden hurdle at Down Royal in June and has held his form well since; finished second on both of his most recent starts in novice hurdles; in good heart but he is up against some smart types here.
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Verdict Starting price

15th

3

10th Oct 2023

Yielding

2m 7f 0y

16:45 Punchestown

Dovlator

11st 10lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Dermot A McLoughlin

Well below his best in two handicap hurdles in the spring but a bit better run in a Wexford novice in May; poor over fences last twice.

25/1

0

3

1st Sep 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

18:35 Down Royal

Dovlator

11st 1lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Dermot A McLoughlin

Sole win came in 2m5f maiden here last year, showing better form in novice company afterwards; below best in the spring and tailed off on chasing debut in July; tongue tie tried now back hurdling but looks to have it to do on recent form.

16/1

6th

5

4th Jul 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 114y

16:05 Tipperary

Dovlator

11st 5lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Dermot A McLoughlin

Far better than latest placings suggest but hard to know what to expect here on chasing debut from this 0-4 pointer and 1-7 hurdler; worth a market check all the same.

16/1

Form: 13 BF

Last run: 54 days

W: 11st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Promising type; upped in trip; finished third on Irish debut at Gowran after 6 months off in what is traditionally a strong novice hurdle; that was an encouraging effort and he shaped like he would improve plenty; a fascinating contender.
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6

4th May 2024

Yielding

3m 0f 104y

16:15 Punchestown

Spanish Harlem

11st 0lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Third in small-field beginners' events at Naas and Gowran Park (twice) on first three chases starts; stayed on from two without posing a threat when ridden by Paul Townend in the Scottish National, ending up around 8l sixth behind stablemate Macdermott; Townend deserts for Glengouly now.

8/1

6

4th May 2024

Yielding

3m 0f 104y

16:15 Punchestown

Spanish Harlem

11st 0lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Third in small-field beginners' events at Naas and Gowran Park (twice) on first three chases starts; stayed on from two without posing a threat when ridden by Paul Townend in the Scottish National, ending up around 8l sixth behind stablemate Macdermott; Townend deserts for Glengouly now.

8/1

6th

6

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Spanish Harlem

10st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Just 6-1 for the Martin Pipe at last year's Cheltenham Festival on handicap debut but ran poorly; back to form when third in small-field beginners chases at Gowran Park (2m4f, heavy) on last two outings and going beyond 2m4f may well be overdue, but those runs are no proof that he can cut it in this very different race; tongue-tie (worn on debut) is back on.

9/1

Form: 35-416

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict
Winner of maiden hurdle at Kilbeggan in July; respectable sixth in handicap hurdle at Leopardstown on return from a break; tough ask in a strong contest.
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4th

2

2nd Jun 2024

Good

2m 4f 80y

16:30 Kilbeggan

The Gradual Slope

12st 0lb

J: Mark McDonagh

T: Sean O O’Brien

Takes a big drop in trip now having recorded his first chase win over a trip close to 4m at Punchestown; had been running well before that over a range of distances; his best hurdles form confirms he is trip-versatile.

9/2

Form: 1-132

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Exciting type; bumper and maiden hurdle winner; close second in a Grade 2 at Naas on his last start when beaten a neck by Inthepocket, staying on strongly to press the winner in the closing stages; close third in a Grade 3 at Navan the time before that; will appreciate soft ground and looks difficult to beat.
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3rd

8

30th Apr 2024

Yielding

3m 0f 213y

18:00 Punchestown

Three Card Brag

11st 10lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

138-rated hurdler last term and already holds a 147 rating over fences after two starts, chasing home Corbetts Cross at Fairyhouse and no match for Monty's Star over C&D on New Year's Eve; back from a break here with cheekpieces tried and a bit to prove.

14/1

3rd

8

30th Apr 2024

Yielding

3m 0f 213y

18:00 Punchestown

Three Card Brag

11st 10lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

138-rated hurdler last term and already holds a 147 rating over fences after two starts, chasing home Corbetts Cross at Fairyhouse and no match for Monty's Star over C&D on New Year's Eve; back from a break here with cheekpieces tried and a bit to prove.

14/1

2nd

6

31st Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 7f 173y

12:45 Punchestown

Three Card Brag

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

didn't always jump with fluency, led, mistake 3rd, joined 4th, clear with one other before 9th, pushed along when joined after 3 out, headed 2 out, soon ridden, no extra approaching last, no match for winner

11/10

Form: 471PF0 CD

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Useful hurdler; first time hood; disappointing tenth in handicap hurdle at Leopardstown last time out; others preferred.
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0

3

21st Jan 2024

Yielding

2m 5f 132y

14:10 Thurles

Time To Rocco

11st 7lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Colin Motherway

Latest win came in a 2m2f mares chase here in March; consistent since without winning, most recently behind R'Eveleyn Pleasure at Cork; should get closer but others preferred.

7/1

4th

2

6th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

15:07 Cork

Time To Rocco

11st 7lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Colin Motherway

Won a 2m2f mares' event at Thurles last March; has done most of her racing in conditions races; soundly beaten in fourth behind the useful Brides Hill in a mares' handicap at Fairyhouse last month; probably vulnerable off this mark.

6/1

4th

6

3rd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

11:55 Fairyhouse

Time To Rocco

10st 11lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Colin Motherway

towards rear, not fluent 1st

7/1

Form: 360935

Last run: 19 days

W: 10st 11lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 84

Form & Verdict
Modest maiden over hurdles; respectable fifth in handicap hurdle at Punchestown last time out; massive ask here.
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6th

3

20th Aug 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

16:20 Tramore

Maggie Walsh

11st 12lb

J: Cian Quirke

T: Michael J Bowe

midfield

4/1

2nd

6

21st Jul 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 2f 0y

17:05 Kilbeggan

Maggie Walsh

11st 12lb

J: Cian Quirke

T: Michael J Bowe

Bit in and out but scored at Tramore last month; folded tamely after a mistake at Punchestown 8 days later but can't be ruled out here given an error-free round.

9/1

22

14th Jul 2023

Good

2m 0f 190y

17:50 Cork

Maggie Walsh

11st 10lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: Michael J Bowe

Third reserve; unreliable hold-up mare but won twice recent months; could go either way.

Verdict

THREE CARD BRAG has some solid Graded form over obstacles and was unlucky not to win the Grade 2 at Navan on his last start. That race looked to turn into a sprint finish and the hurdles were omitted in the straight, both of which counted against him. Spanish Harlem ran a promising race on his Irish debut at Gowran but will need to find plenty of improvement to beat the selection. Dovlator is holding his form well, but has a tough assignment given the strength of the likely market principals. [Conor Fennelly]